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Mike Houston leaves LR to coach football in S.C.

Franklin native Mike Houston has been named the new head coach of the Citadel Bulldogs football team. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina is located in Charleston, S.C.

The Bulldogs ended the 2013 season with a 5-7 overall record and a 4-4 record in the Southern Conference; a season that saw Head Coach Kevin Higgins resign upon its conclusion, opening the door for Houston to move into the role.

“The Citadel is a prestigious institution. It's got a strong program with great integrity and honor and I look forward to being able to continue that tradition,” he said. “I'm in the process of getting down there and jumping in. We've got winter workouts and during that we'll be recruiting staff and coaches so we can hit the ground running in the spring.”


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -The way Tony Stewart sees it, there's no chance he won't be ready, willing and able to compete in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing throughout February's Speedweeks at Daytona.

Injured in a Sprint Car accident Aug. 5 in Iowa and sidelined for the balance of the 2013 season, Stewart has undergone three surgeries on his broken right leg -- followed by a physical therapy regimen that has taken him from bedridden … to a wheelchair … to crutches … to the ability to stand and walk on his own.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona, a long-running good thing, is destined to become even better.

That fact was underscored Friday both on and off the track during the first day of the annual "Roar Before the Rolex 24" test sessions at Daytona International Speedway.

This year marks the 52nd running of the Rolex 24, which for years opened the IMSA season. That ended with a split of the North American sports car pie between the ALMS and GRAND-AM that lasted 14 years, with IMSA sanctioning aligning with the ALMS. With the merger, IMSA and Daytona are together again.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It was only a step, but it was an important one that NASCAR took last month during a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

As NASCAR officials continue to try to produce a more exciting product on the race track with the Generation-6 race car that recently completed its first season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the test was used to gather information that will help to that end. Unlike an earlier test at CMS in which only six cars were on the track at a time, a total of 16 teams and 30 cars participated in a series of runs designed to simulate a real race during Wednesday's test.


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